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good morning. it is friday, june 8, 2012. welcome to studio 57 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. the tsa gets a tongue-lashing from congress. we'll ask a former tsa boss why there's so much trouble at america's airports and what to do about it. i'm erica hill. a week to forget for the obama administration, from wisconsin to fund-raising to supporters going rogue. we'll ask bob schieffer if democrats are now getting worried. and i'm gayle king. he got his chance and he's making the most of it. how brian banks is one step closer to going from prison to the nfl playing field. and when i see you at 8:00, the one and only neil patrick harris. first, as we do every
morning, we begin with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. >> i'm just telling you, it's palpable. the american people are disgusted and outraged. >> congress blasts the tsa. >> criticizing it for being bloated, inefficient and unprofessional. >> we are not going to have 100% customer satisfaction. >> talking about whether the tsa is too rude. yes, too rude. >> you just got to use common sense. people are going to say, they're patting down beyonce. she's not going to blow a plane up. >> parts of wyoming and colorado are recovering from a powerful line of storms that triggered up to ten tornadoes. >> graduation day ends with a bang at a school in new jersey when a funnel cloud sent students and spectators running for cover. >> syria will not, cannot be peaceful, stable until assad goes. >> two weeks after a judge exonerated brian banks, the
former high school football standout tried out for the seattle seahawks. >> it's like winning the super bowl and yelling out i'm going to disneyland, times ten. >> a he stobs him with one kick. >> it a lot of good time party kind of activity? >> that's not me anymore, but -- >> i'm pookie. people still offer me crack when i walk down the street. >> and all that matters -- >> sam walks into the building today and says, lebron james ges for 45. >> jump shot after jump shot, he's got 45. >> on "cbs this morning." >> being the presidential front-runner was the most exhilarating three hours of my life. exhilarating three hours of my life. it was awesome! captioning funded by cbs welcome to "cbs this morning." the transportation safety administration has been getting a lot of flack, accused of doing
a poor job serving the tens of thousands of passengers every day. >> on thursday the tsa's top administrator heard all about it from congress. whit onjohnson is at reagan national airport, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. one pr nightmare after another has made the tsa an easy target on capitol hill. yesterday the agency took a beating with lawmakers from both parties demanding immediate change. >> it's palpable. the american people are just really disgusted and outraged. >> reporter: while unleashing his attack on tsa administrator john pistole, congressman rogers said it lacks common sense. >> why are we patting down donald rumsfeld. >> reporter: making reference to public officials and pop icons. >> people are going to say, they're patting down beyonce. i mean, she's not going to blow a plane up. >> reporter: following recent negative headlines like the
dodzs of tsa workers in ft. myers, florida, busted for improper screenings, pistole defended the agency and talked about relaxed screening measures for children and seniors. >> with over 630 million people in a year, we are not going to have 100% customer satisfaction. >> reporter: tsa staff has increased nearly 400%, from 16,500 workers in 2001 to more than 65,000 now. but pistole said demands to cut the agency's ballooning work force won't fly. >> i believe the personnel we have currently are necessary to provide the security the american people expect today. >> would you say the tsa as it stands today is effective and protecting the american people? >> i believe that it is effective. there's no question, in my mind, about that. >> reporter: former deputy tsa administrator tom blank says while criticism is expected, it's important for people to remember why the tsa got started in the first place.
>> what we're going through out there is connected directly to 9/11. we know from incidents that have happened that aviation is still a key sector of interests to those that would do us harm. >> reporter: despite public frustration, pistole says the agency doesn't get too many complaints. he says last year of the 525,000 calls to its call center, only about 6% or 7% were complaints. charlie, erica? >> thank you. one man that knows about the complaints is former tsa administrator kip pauley, who's written a book "permanent emergency." good morning, mr. holly. >> good morning, charlie. >> are you arguing that the tsa needs to redefine its mission and strategy? >> it needs to redefine its strategy to get really risk-based and take away the things that were effective after
9/11 that are just causing wasted time and energy now. like fishing through bags for swiss army knives and things like that. and i think that would take a lot of tension out of the checkpoint and reduce the disconnect that we saw yesterday at the hearing. >> that would eliminate, in your judgment, the security lapses we've seen? >> it would allow the officers to focus on the truly big threats. and right now they've got so much congestion looking in bags for a laundry list of, quote/unquote, prohibited items, that they -- the lines get long, people's tempers get short. i think the patdown, the one they're doing today, is one that can be reduced and probably should have been reduced within about six months of when they put it in for an emergency. i think that would calm things down. mostly, they're talking past each other as tsa had positive programs like precheck, but then the congressmen see every
weekend in their district how angry the public is. >> there is often the criticism, as you know very well, that the security measures are reactive in this country. but do you see in the near future there being a change where they become more proactive? >> well, i think they are proceed active. the problem is not that they're not proactive. the problem is they don't get rid of the old ones when they're no longer needed. one thing to say about administrator pistole, they're very well connected with the intelligence community and are hyper about making sure there is -- whatever measure needs to be taken with air marshals or anybody else around the world, they're taken. the problem is they have all this leftover security protocols clogging up the system and angering the public. >> why are they talking past each other? >> well, i think it really boils down to the administration being the white house and dhs, has got to decide whether they want to
have john pistole make some changes or whether they want to stand behind him. but right now they're leaving him hanging out by himself where he just marches up with his talking points and the congressmen attack him. i think that the administration should say to tsa, get this fixed. take prohibit the items, reduce it, get that patdown, another way to do the patdown, start listening to the people rather than talking past them. >> thank you. >> thank you. some rough weather across the nation. in southern new jersey a funnel cloud shook up a high school graduation. that cloud could be seen, as you can see in this video, off in the distance last night. and as soon as everyone realized, they were running for cover. no one was injured. in southeastern wyoming, however, a tornado did injure one person and damaged more than a dozen homes. the twister was a quarter mile wide and stayed on the ground for almost 20 miles.
federal reserve chairman ben bernanke says the u.s. economy appears ready to grow at a moderate pace this year. on capitol hill yesterday bernanke said the fed will not take more steps to boost the economy for now. he said it all depends on unemployment and the debt crisis in europe. >> the crisis in europe has affected the u.s. economy by acting as a drag on our expert ports, weighing on business and consumer markets. >> bernanke says nothing will be off the table when federal reserve governors meet in to weeks. the race for the white house has five months to go but this has been a week some think president obama might rather forget. >> as jan crawford reports, just about everything that could go wrong for the democrats, did. jan, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, charlie. i mean, listen, we have all had fridays where we woke up and thought, i am so this week is over. that may be the way the president is feeling after the week he's had. on a campaign trail this week,
romney has sounded confident. >> as your president, starting on day one, i will do everything in my power to end these days of drift and disappointment. >> reporter: and why not? in his first head-to-head fund-raising battle with the president, romney came out on top. in may romney's first month as the only republican running against the president, republicans hauled in $76.8 million, outpacing the democrats $60 million. that's unsettling news for the president. but the fund-raising numbers were just the latest example of a not so great week for mr. obama's re-election bid. >> i'm very sorry about what happened yesterday. >> reporter: there was the high profile so-called misstatement by president clinton, who was forced to apologize for comments that seemed to undercut mr. obama's economi plan. clinton said the bush tax cuts should be extended, a position mr. obama opposes. >> well, i think what it means is they will have to extend -- they will probably have to put everything off until early next
year. >> reporter: bill clinton wasn't the only high-ranking supporter this week to go off message. on "cbs this morning" former pennsylvania governor ed rendell evoked the other clinton, secretary of state hillary clinton. wasn't especially flattering to the obama campaign. >> i think she would come in with a lot more executive experience. i think the president was hurt by being a legislator only. for example, health care and stimulus. i think hillary clinton would have sent them a bill and said, here's what i want. >> reporter: if that weren't enough, there was the recall election in wisconsin. >> that's what you have done for wisconsin and for america. >> reporter: many saw that as a proxy for the president's re-electi re-election. and republican scott walker won handily. >> scott walker has got to go! >> reporter: the unions wanted walker out. their defeat is a bad sign for mr. obama. unions have long been important organizing and fund-raising forces in democratic politics. now, the question is whether any
of this will matter in november. fund-raising numbers are important but so is another bad number, unemployment rate. it was up slightly in may. charlie and erica? >> thank you very much. we go now to washington to chief washington correspondent, host of "face the nation," bob schieffer. good morning. >> good morning, charlie. what do we have here, simply a bad week or something at the core of the president's re-election effort that may be troubling for a while? >> well, i think the thing that would worry the people at the white house the most is that fund-raising number. romney managed to raise last month, as more money -- or nearly as much money, i should say, as he raised during the entire primary campaign. the high point for mitt romney started when he got the other republicans off the stage. now it's romney versus obama. i think what's going to be important here and the numbers that are really going to count is what will the economic numbers be in october. those are the numbers that
voters will have, you know, right in their heads as they get ready to go in to cast their vote. not a good week for the president by any stretch of the imagination. but i would just caution all those who think this is now over. there's a lot of months, a lot of days to go before we get to election day. but this is not -- has not beb a good week. >> and it does suggest some nervousness, does it not? i mean, look at today's new york post, bam on corey, corey booker, mayor of newark, he's dead to us. there's this idea anybody who's not on the same page get criticized and has to go forth and apologize, as president clinton did. >> well, i mean, i just think you're going to have this. i mean, when you have an economy that's in the shape that this one is, different people are going to have different ideas about how you go about fixing it. i think what president clinton
was talking about was, you might are to spend some in the short term in order to get the economy going again and then start talking about better ways to cut the deficit in that you have to try to get the country out of the red. but this -- this is -- this is going to be quite a campaign, charlie. i think it's the -- the numbers in october and the debates in october that i think are going to be the tipping point here. you know, we've never really seen mitt romney go one-on-one. he had all those people out on the stage with him during the republican primaries. i think what is going to be crucial here is when those debates happen in october and you see mitt romney on one side of the table and barack obama on the other. i think in the end, that may be what decides all this. >> we can't ignore the money factor. you touched on some figures, bob. there's been a lot of criticism about president obama being the campaigner in chief. how harmful could that be to him?
>> if he raises enough money, it won't hurt him at all. i think the -- i think he's got to do it. i mean, think about this. both of these candidates are going to raise in the neighborhood of a billion dollars. i mean, that might be -- they might say it's necessary, and i suppose if one is out there raising money, the other one has to, too, but what are the rest of us to say about this? should we be proud that it takes $1 billion to run for president? that this is all about money? we know money is not the only thing. you know, look at meg whitman in california, in the governor's race, she raised 100-some-million in her own race and still lost to jerry brown. money does not ensure victory, but how objescene we have reach this stage that both candidates have to raise this much money in order to be competitive. >> bob schieffer, thank you.
this sunday bob with talk with scott walker after winning the re-election. new details this sunday on watergate on "face the nation". u.n. observers in syria are trying again to reach the site of the latest reported massacre. those monitors say they were shot at yesterday. no one was injured. >> essential u.n. envoy kofi annan meets with secretary of state hillary clinton who says syria's president resigns. as elizabeth reports on the phone from syria this morning. >> reporter: u.n. trying to reach the village a surge. 11 u.n. vehicles are going to travel into the village from various directions. they say they have never mounted such a big operation before, but they have also never since this mission began had their freedom of movement so completely blocked by the syrian authorities.
several u.n. teams tried to reach the scene of the alleged massacre yesterday. they were delayed, sometimes for hours at military checkpoints. and those observer teams that did get to nearby villages were worned by pro-regime crowds not to go any further because it was too dangerous. in one case, a u.n. vehicle was shot at. today's operation is setting off in just a few minutes, but the suspicion is by the time they do arrive, this village may be empty and any witnesses to the massacre will be too afraid to talk. for "cbs this morning," i'm elizabeth palmer in hama. time to show you some headlines from around the globe. sources tell the new york post about bombshell evidence in the etan patz case. investigators searching the home of hernandez reportedly found an old toy and age-appropriate clothing. pthe 1970s. appear to be from they'll be tested for dna.
6-year-old etan disappeared in 1979. the sun-sentinel florida says an orlando man got his first cell phone last month and immediately started getting threatening phone calls. because t-mobile gave him a number that used to belong to george zimmerman accused of killing teen trayvon martin. "usa today" reports the unusually warm spring has helped heat up the economy. this spring was the warmest ever recorded in u.s. history. the federal reserve says it boosted tourism from florida to broadway. britain's "guardian "has a follow-up on a story we brought you from greece when a left wing politician was slapped three times live on tv, slapped by a spokesman for an extreme right wing party. the woman says today that the golden dawn party is a force of darkness and is urging voters to punish the party at the polls. in texas "the victoria advocate" says officials are concerning an 85-mile-an-hour speed limit, the highest in the country. a 41-mile stretch of highway 130
between austin and sahine is being tested. "the washington post" says fax machines are still important in some places due to language and culture. in japan businesses often fax instead of e-mail. people say it's because japan has a traditional reverence for paper and handwriting. also faxes are a lot more reliable. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by aarp.
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when bm got obama got elect country was in shambles. he had a clean-up job to do. when have you to clean up something, to properly clean it, it gets dirtier before it gets clean. like you come back to the hotel and the maids are fixes up your room and you get there too early? it looks horrible! what is going on in here? was bobby brown in here? what's going on? chris rock. welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> we have new information on brian banks, the pro football hopeful who spent more than five years in prison for a rape that never happened. on thursday his first nfl tryout went so well-being he's actually been asked to come back for
more. randy paige of our los angeles station ccbs broke the story and asked banks what it was like to finally show an nfl coach what he could do. >> when i walked out there on that field, i took it all in and i was like, okay, you know, this is it. now or never. you know, let's just shine. >> reporter: and shine he did. ten years after hopes in a career in football were cut short by a false rape accusat n accusation, brian banks got a chance to show seattle seahawks he can coach pete carroll he still had the right stuff to be considered for the nfl. he's been invited to return to seattle next week to take part in the mini camp training session. >> this is a great illustration for us of why people deserve a second chance. this is just one step, but it is a step he's been dreaming about for a long time. >> its been a long, hard ten years. >> reporter: ten years ago banks was a rising high school football star but everything
unraveled after a fellow student falsely accused him of raping her in this stairwell. advised to plead no contest, despite his innocence, banks was imprisoned and then paroled as a registered sex offender. until banks and a private investigator were able to catch the accuser on tape admitting she lied about the assault. >> did he rape you? no, he did not rape me. >> reporter: in the two weeks since his exoneration, five nfl teams, in addition to the seahawks, say they want to give him a tryout, including a scheduled session today with the san diego chargers. any way to describe the whirlwind you've lived in the past 14 days? >> just waking up to a completely different life. i feel that my story has a chance of helping people. >> reporter: banks is grateful for all his newfound opportunities but he's keeping them in perspective. >> whether these tryouts are successful to secure my free dornl dom, i've already won.
i'm already rich. >> reporter: rich and ready for whatever comes his way. for "cbs this morning," randy paige, seattle. >> james brown hosts of "nfl today" on cbs sports joins us now. good morning. >> good morning, charlie and erica. good to be with you guys again. >> you talked to pete carroll. what kind of chances does he give brian banks? >> you know, charlie, and before saying that, i'm so thankful there are some coaches out there that have, if you will, a heart to recognize that the young man at least deserves a second shot. people carroll said he was very realistic in his expectations. they were not expecting him because he hasn't been in an nfl team monitoring program to be in shape to go through a long workout but metrics are there, absorbs lots of information so the raw ingredients are there. >> what's the time factor for this? >> you know what, it's going to be an uphill battle for him. he has been invited as you heard in a piece to the seahawks mini
camp next week. again, it will probably be through the course of all of the off-season. if he's of the to make a team, it will be an entire season to try to get back up to speed. i recall michael vick when he came out of jail thinking he was ready because of the workout program he was doing there. believe me, it is radically different, charlie. >> realistically, what do you think his chances are here? >> erica, again, it will be an uphill climb for him. but what you like is the fact that, look, this kid's dream has been deferred for ten years. he's been dreaming about this. he wants this badly. i think what they're going to see is his heart and determination and all of the raw skills and talent that is there, as pete carroll said to me last evening when we chatted. but he has to pick up a lot more in terms of the system, doing things he's not up to speed clearly because of that ten-year absence but he has all of the raw elements to be successful. tony dungy with the indianapolis colts and an ex-player said,
good thing is he's in the sweet spot age-range. he doesn't have any wear and tear on his body. those things are in his favor. >> do you get the impression pete carroll would like for this to happen? >> what an ending to the story if it does happen. as we all know by now, pete carroll is the one that recruited him when carroll was at usc and they were very interested in the young man. it's nice to see he's the first to the table to give him a shot. brian banks has a decision to make now. mini camp is next week. other teams are interested in him. you heard san diego will try him out today. he may not get a chance to go to the other teams because he has to make a decision, does he take the invitation to go to seattle's mini camp next week. >> i want to get more on this from you. more than 2,000 former nfl players have sued the league. they say there was a knowing disregard for their well-being in terms of health and safety, which the nfl has denied. what have you heard from some of the folks you've talked to? >> you know, the nfl players association, first and foremost, is not involved in this because
it doesn't involve anything against the players, but they are watching, according to demarre smith, his quote w great interest what will take place with this. you know, i'm still getting information. i know the league as of recent years has made player safety number one. everything associated with it from player design in terms of the helmet, from the rules about what kind of practice is, how long practices are. make no mistake about it, back in the late '60s and certainly the '70s there was a gladiator mentality about what you can do and the players themselves wanted to go back in the game, even if they had their, quote/unquote, bell rung but with all the medical and scientific evidence about how serious concussions are and the deleterious effects down the road. whether the nfl hid that kind of information before, i've not heard or seen or gleaned from the people identify talked with that would suggest that. >> thank you so much. >> charlie, by the way, i like the way you handled the two ladies there, queen erica back from england and gayle can get
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i saw a guy today walking down the street and a cop is arresting him because he's got a huge -- he said, no, no. he said, hey, no, no, this is medicinal mt. dew. i can have this. i can have this. a medical breakthrough this morning has the potential to affect millions of future lives. researchers say for the first time they have mapped the genetic code of a fetus using a blood sample and saliva from the parents. >> this approach could soon be used to diagnose more than 3,000 genetic disorders before a baby is born. however, it could lead to moral and ethical dilemmas. dr. shot, pleased to have him here. welcome. >> thank you. >> let's understand the significance of this. one, it's noninvasive. >> correct. >> two, it will give you as an effective parent a possibility to know genetic disorders your child might have. >> on a very grand scale. you know, before this discovery,
genetic testing occurs all the time. newborn screening occurs all the time but in a focused way. this technology is giving us good proof of concept, a very broad look at the whole range of diseases that can befall unborn children. >> if a parent worries about a genetic disorder of a significant disease, they may elect to abort? >> that's one -- that's one possibility. but i think the medical benefits of this sort of technology can far outweigh. it's not just terminating a pregnancy. there are metabolic disorders, where if can you diagnose that in utero, you can begin treatment while fetus is in utero and be kept healthy. >> and once that baby is born, how to deal with these conditions that may befall them. >> it's a blood test, saliva test, so no danger to the mother or fetus with this testing, or is this some? >> no danger other than a prick
and bruising from the drawing blood. other than that, you know, compared to amnio centesis or the bili sampling which carries a real risk, this is effectively risk-free. >> you know what's going to be discussed, the idea that some parents may elect, because they don't like something about genetic picture to aboard when there's not a kind of serious disorder threat. >> so, i think that's a real concern. i think first and foremost, real medical benefits. i think it's a positive. as we go through, how do we adapt to that kind of testing, the social implications, what sorts of policies should we be thinking about. those are the discussions we should be having right now about how to leverage this information in ways that are benefiting mankind, human kind, not biassing the type of population through unnatural selection of traits -- >> so that discussion, is that the discussion you're having right now in the genetics
department or even with the pediatrics department, ob-gyns at the hospital? >> at mt. sig sianai, students their genome sequence and they learn how to you interpret that, how do you handle it with others and how -- what happens if you find out your risk of alzheimer's by the time you're 50 is -- >> are we moving to the area where parents try to make the perfect child, based on gender and other sorts of things, that have nothing to do with health? >> again, i think that's a real risk. i think the way we can overcome that kind of risk is to educate -- educate not just the general population, the legislature on what's coming and what kind of policies do we are to put in place to present this kind of extreme designer baby mentality. >> as we look at the necessity of new laws by government? >> i think there's potential for
new laws. you know, it's not unlike choosing to terminate a pregnancy based on the sex of a child. those are the sorts of things we want to avoid. >> real quickly before we let you go, how soon could this test actually be available to people? >> yeah, so there's a bit of development. this is a proof of concept study that was done. i think you're realistically looking at outwards of five years before the cost is enough to carry out that routinely. >> a lot of talking in those five years. >> that's the whole point. we have to talk about it. we have to discuss and educate
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make sure the show goes on but they may never take the stage. seth doane, all dressed up with plevel. to go to a whole other >> called standbyes, just hang backstage. >> they're understand understudies. i said to the producer, he's talking about understudies. she said, no, standbyes. >> understudies can move to a different role. >> you'll explain it. waiting in line to buy sneakers, who does that? [ female announcer ] introducing coffee-mate natural bliss.
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what's that? >> yeah, what is that? >> it's a magic trick. you see, img somethi'm somethin magician. >> open the box, sir. >> oh, i can't do that. >> sir, are there drugs in that box? >> oh, no, he's probably just barking because of the explosives. >> oh, my god. >> tell us what's in the box right now. >> i can't. magician's code. >> he's always got a joke, that is neil patrick harris, of course, starring as barney stinson on "how i met the mother." can we please meet the mother? welcome back to "cbs this morning" i'm gayle king. >> i'm charlie rose with erica
hill. neil patrick harris is hosting the 2009 tony awards. >> and he'll be back for his third time as host of broadway's biggest night. do you know how excited we all were, i'm not exaggerating, us, the crew, when we said neil patrick harris was coming. i hope you feel the love. your reputation precedes you because when people see you're doing it they say, great, he's the best. it's like people get excited about billy crystal hosting the oscars. that's how people feel about you hosting the tonys. >> it's kind of a niche market. some people that don't know broadway and don't know the show have no interest in tuning in. it's sort of my job to encourage people to watch and see what the season's shows are. it's less performing and entertaining on my end and more
emceeing a big night. a bit of an infomercial for broadway. they need that. broadway people are underappreciated. a lot of people don't know who some of these people are that work ridiculously hard show after show after show for a year -- >> it's up to you --. it's not up to me. but it's a good opportunity for me to be able to honor them in a good way. so, it makes my job in many ways easier. if i'm not working hard, i'm passionate about it. >> you're one of the producers this year, too. >> i am. >> does that change it at all for you because you have a little more of a say if you want to showcase some of these shows or actors people don't know as well that don't have the big names? >> yeah, i like water cooler moments. i like to add little things in it where you need to watch or maybe you'll have to pause and tivo back and freeze frame and go, did something -- is that happening? i like the little weird, strange moments. the hugh jackman song and dance we did last year was super
surprised. we rehearsed it in secret studios. so, that was fun. we have a couple of those kind of things this year. >> that's the great thing about it. you have a lot of talent to draw on. >> absolutely. that's a great point. most award shows, the entertainment in is it usually put together just for that one night so everyone's fingers are crossed and it usually doesn't go well. these performances are well dra crafted, they do them every night and they're spectacular. you see 12 performances that are slam dunks. >> everybody looks and says, gee, i would love to do that or they say, b, that looks easy. but it's very, very difficult. what's the hardest thing about hosting? >> probably -- the front end is hard since i am producing, coming up with the creative part, it's hard to see how it's going to go. we can't craft the show until the nominations come out. if we craft it spider-man heavy and they don't get many
nominations, then we're a little in the weeds. so, i feel like a bad stand-up comic trying to come up with funny material early. when the show's happening, the time management is probably the most difficult because it's shocking how someone going over their time by 45 second or a minute -- >> shocking is what we call live television. >> yeah, but when that happens, when someone is giving a speech, it's a great speech, you let them go and suddenly you're three minutes over and that's a lot. >> then you go backstage and say, we don't have time for your award. >> i'll pad it. if we're going long, i'll just come out and say, ladies and gentlemen, this person instead of give a joke first or have the other person do it. there's a lot of backstage huddling which is the freakiest part but the most exciting. >> it's a good time to be neil patrick harris. you're engaged. you have twins.
i've always wanted twins. >> there's handfuls. >> what it's like to live with a man who can cook, smart, talented -- i'm looking for one of those, too. does he have a brother? i'm thinking, it's a good time to be you right now, is the point i'm making. >> yeah, yeah. thanks. it's a good time in the life we're able to, you know, have kids and not cower around. we're not -- we certainly didn't have them to make any political point. we really wanted babies. it worked out well. we got two right off the bat. that's what we were hoping for. they're hilarious. my only regret is that dave and i work so hard that, you know, we're having to schedule time to see them. at least this week. so i feel ind of bad. but they came to new york as well. >> i love the energy. >> new york's great for kids. >> you think it's too busy and crazy, but there's so many sidewalks and central park has just stuff everywhere, water features they can play around. >> zoos. >> it's amazing. >> some of the best playgrounds in the world are in new york city. >> love it here. >> they just showed the video of
you have and david and twins with oprah. i love the interview, by the way. >> that turned out really, really well. >> i thought so, too. >> it's a daunting thing to have someone come into your house, judge your house and then interview you about your life. >> she wasn't judging. she was so excited to be there. >> oprah makes you feel better on one hand, but then oprah, so you're a little freaked out by it. but she couldn't have been lovelier. >> i love how you really talked about your twins in particular, fatherhood in the beginning was difficult four but clearly you are way past that stage. you. talking about the twins are with you in new york -- >> it's still difficult. >> it is but you no longer seem to be afraid of it. you really bonded with them. >> i like communication. i'm much more of an analytical, like, thinker person than david, who's much more emotional and kind of feels sense more than i do. the first chapper when they're just crying and being -- the holding care. i can hold them and love them, but i'm much better when they
can point to things or we can have a dialogue. >> a conversation. >> yeah. >> the president has stepped forward on same-sex marriage. >> yeah. >> the community, obviously, responded. you even sent a note to him saying, bravo? >> i tweeted about it. is that a note? is that the 21st century note? i did. i think it's a great thing. the forward momentum in the acceptance of sort of the gay community as legitimate people within our society is slow moving, yes, but i think the slow steps are kind of necessary because if you -- you know, as i think you guys know, if you make a big broad changes, people then want to rechange it in another direction. so, i'm very proud of what the president has done. a lot of people i think feel like he's moving too slow but he's always been a proponent and
friends of lgbt people and he's made some amazing moves that are very sincere and respectable and appreciated. >> the other day, there you and the president were on the same stage together. >> shared a stage with the president. >> you opened for him, neil patrick harris. >> yeah, that was fun. >> i thought so, too. >> nice to have you here. >> thanks. >> we'll cheer you on sunday. >> awesome. neil patrick harris, you can look for neil at the 66th annual tony awards sunday night at 8:00 on the east. 7:00 central -- >> watch nothing else. >> watch nothing else. you have been ordered. right here on cbs. of course, you can always watch neil in "how i met your mother," hey, also on cbs. >> fancy that. we're on cbs now. >> that's synergy.
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♪ waiting is the hardest part ♪ every day >> this sunday is the tony awards, broadway's brightest stars will wait to hear their names called but another group of actors cast in the very same roles will probably be watching at home, like the rest of us. >> they're known as standbyes, actors who are easily awaiting their shot at success. seth doane has a look at their rather unique job. good morning. >> good morning to you, erica. moss of us have heard of an understudy, the member of the cast who appears on stage and occasionally gets to fill in for a bigger role. standbyes have a different function all together. they usually never appear on stage but act as a sort of highly trained insurance policy to make certain broadway's biggest stars never miss a beat. ♪ jesus christ superstar >> reporter: the bright lights of broadway are alluring for almost any actor. ♪ look at me
>> reporter: but there's a group of broadway performers who play a vital role but whose names don't appear on any marquee. in fact, they may never be in front of the bright lights at all. they're called standbys. the chance of you actually going on stage is -- >> don't hold your breath. >> reporter: so, this is the theater -- sherri invited us backstage at the belasco theater. this is the front door. this is the back stage door. she was cast as the standby. tony nominated tracy bennet who plays judy garland in "end of the rainbow." as a standby, her dressing room is the closest she gets to the stage on most nights. >> it's bizarre because i have to know the role, be ready no matter what. i don't think i'll ever go on but i have to know it anyway. >> we can put judy garland deep
into the ground and never see her again. >> reporter: sheltd only go on stage if tracy bennet could not play judy garland, and so far she has never missed a night. if you're a standby, do you get paid just to do it if you were on stage? >> you better believe it. >> reporter: barry has had plenty of time as a broadway lead, playing eponine in "les mis" and belle in "beauty and the beast." she's focused on other things. >> i'm a mom. i have three kids. i have other things to think about. >> my parents are like, you get paid even if you don't go on? yes but the point is i'm ready if i do. >> reporter: in the film called standbys, the standby is star. stephanie rigs directed the film. what made you want to do a movie about broadway standbys? >> i saw a concert series where they got into a tiny black box
and stood up and sang. and they were incredible. ♪ i'm in a new york state of mind ♪ >> then they would tell the stories of being backstage and never going on or getting thrown on without a single rehearsal. >> reporter: that was the case with ben crawford, who was standing by to play shrek. >> it's weird because you're so close to the action yet not a part of it. it can do some mental -- it can play mind tricks on you, that's for sure. >> reporter: what are those mind tricks? >> it's kind of like dangling the carrot in front of the horse. >> reporter: cameras caught crawford backstage in full shrek costume just waiting out. he waited six months to take the stage. >> if i'm paying the bills, doing what i love or doing as close to what i love as i can -- >> reporter: is it close to what i love? >> it is because of that waiting around and stuff, but what's the exchange is you get to go on and, you know, star in a broadway musical. >> i was looking in the mirror
just now and he wasn't me looking back. >> reporter: they say the show must go on. the only question is, will it be the standby who goes on? >> i feel like i would do a really, really, really good job. a stand-up job. >> reporter: if you just got the chance. >> if i got the chance. >> of course, there are a number of standbys who have climbed their way to star status, ber net peter, joel grey, sutton foster, tony award winners and some of the biggest names on broadway. >> nice. >> every standby's dream. >> exactly. some of them really approach it with a positive, excited attitude. some, it's a little more melancholy. >> like an alternate juror. you know that phrase, break a leg means good luck. this time they kind of mean, break a leg. but don't get really hurt. just a little maiming. i had never heard that term until this morning.
>> everyone says an understud about-y but it's a different role. >> you learn something every day. >> seth, thanks. the "uss iowa" saw triumph and tragedy during six decks aids at sea. two sailors tell us why they're on the last of america's great battleships. [ male announcer ] at banana boat, we test our broad spectrum sunscreen so it stays on in conditions like pool water... wind... sweat, even 100-degree heat. for uva/uvb protection in seven conditions, banana boat. we've got you covered.
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>> it's too high. >> how much more of this -- >> hold it, hold it. is that it? you guys tuning up, really? that's all we got? is. >> well, i don't bplay banjo ye. >> he seemed to be having a good time on the david letterman show. bhofs playing the banjo? >> i think it was the hologram. >> got it. welcome back to "cbs this morning." the "uss iowa" called the battleship of presidents because over the years its passengers included franklin roosevelt and george w.h. bush. >> it will soon be a floating museum in los angeles. john blackstone is on board the "iowa" this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and gayle. well, with her big guns and stately bearing, "the iowa" makes a big impression and she made an impression on two young sailors who served aboard her in the 1980s. their story is now part of the
great history of this grand battleship. now, the "iowa" was built for service in the second world war, did duty in korea and during the cold war fitted with missiles. she's almost 900 feet long and rises 175 feet over the water. the "uss iowa" remains an emblem of power. the age of the battleship is long past but you'd never know it with all the work going on on the "iowa" today. the old ship is being given new life and no one is working harder to make her ship shape than mike and david canfield. >> my first love, she's a ship, you know, and she's old and beautiful and cranky and hard to please. and i love her anyway. >> reporter: it's a love story with some heartbreak and a lot of healing. >> like the waves wash over you, the emotion, memories, camaraderie, it's so hard to put
that into word. >> reporter: david was 17 when he joined the navy. his first job 27 years ago was on the "iowa" seven decks down, well below the water line. >> our engineering space. >> reporter: but you can't even stand up in here. >> no. it was tight quarters. >> reporter: mike was his boss and his mentor. >> he asked me every question to the point where he'd bug me. like, leave me alone. he just wanted to know, wanted to know. he became the best lower level watch i had. >> reporter: the work was demanding. but for these friends, the battleship was a young man's playground. an it seems the same today. just try to keep up as they race down the steep staircases. oh, wow. i cannot -- somehow they can still throw themselves into their old bunks. >> there you have it. >> we had gunpowder all around us, weapons all around us. we were fearless. if you give me this job today, i'd be like, you're crazy! this place is dangerous. >> reporter: for all the days of youthful add ven your they had
aboard the "iowa" there was one day of horror that changed their lives forever. >> very few people turn around and say, what did you become a man? i can tell you chapter, date, verse, minute. 199, that was the day i stopped being a kid. >> reporter: on that day an explosion ripped through gun turret 2. >> i was on the cleaning bench swinging my feet without a care in the world and all hell broke loose. >> i dressed out in my fire suit, went forward. and went into the turet and helped put the fire out and we put them in bags. it was awful. but we saved the ship. >> reporter: the iowa was saved but 47 of her crew was killed. what david and mike witnessed that day was so terrible, for years they were unable to speak about it. then david volunteered to help with the ship's restoration. when he returned to turret 2 for the first time, he found a wreath and a plaque with the names of the dead. he still cannot read the words
out loud. >> i'm thinking to myself, it's been 23 years, canfield. you know, you really ought to have a handle on this by now. but there's a part of me that says, you know, i hope i never do. i hope i never have such a handle on it that it doesn't hurt. >> reporter: for mike, the horror of turret 2 was such an aching, silent wound, he was discharged for post-traumatic stress disorder. so, david urged mike to join the restoration crew, hoping it would help him heal. >> i'll have my good days. i'll have my bad days. just like anybody else. >> reporter: but he admits returning to the ship is the best thing that's happened in years. >> is it an act of fate? i don't know. is it god sent? i don't know. did he have his finger on it? i think so. >> reporter: they helped save the "iowa" and now the iowa is
saving them. they proudly show her off, heavily armored citadel is the ship's wheel house. >> nice feel to it. >> reporter: they even venture into the captain's cabin. not in normal circumstances not just walk in here, right? >> no way. >> no, no. there was usually a marine outside the door. >> reporter: they hope many thousands of others will come see it all when the iowa opens as a museum in los angeles next month. >> we want people to come out here. this is a good time. we saved the ship. it's a happy time. >> reporter: while mike will never forget that one tragic day on this battleship, he also remembers the many good days in the glorious history of the "uss iowa." while tens of thousands of sailors served aboard the iowa, david and mike are the only two veterans of the ship who have come back too help on the restoration. but perhaps it was meant to be because early on in the found an old set of dog tags at
the back of a locker. they belonged to dave. he lost them aboard the ship almost 25 years ago. >> a great story. i'm never ceased to be amazed at the testimony of people who are gone through trauma. i'm also amazed at how long it took to get this ship to los angeles. what's the story? >> reporter: well, certainly the decision -- when the decision was made after the iowa was decommissioned, decommissioned on the east coast, had to be towed through the panama canal, all the way up the west coast and she was stored in what's called the mothball fleet in san francisco bay for years. finally a private group made the arrangements to have her restored as a museum and brought down to los angeles. that meant restoration in san francisco bay and then a long trip being towed down the west coast, out of an fran bay and down the west coast. to here now in san pedro and
then goes to her permanent location where she'll be opened as a museum. >> great story. >> i see why you were so passionate about those two. what an amazing tale you just told, the two of them and their friendship. >> reporter: they are, indeed. and as charlie was saying, i think one of the messages of this story is that, you know, even in peace time, work in the military and any branch of the military is a dangerous business. >> yeah. john blackstone, thank you so much. >> nicely done. well, from sliced beef brisket to pork belly, adam richman is looking for america's best sandwich. he's going to show us why it's all about the b-i-t-e, but first at
days to prepare and multiple elements in the beautiful simplicity of home cooked quality here at time-out. simply because of the balanced and amount of element in it, i'm going to give a slight advantage. to mitchell's, franc steak sandwich. that said, i'm totally finishing this sandwich. >> adam richman is a food fanatic on a mission to find the best sandwich in america. that happens to be the name of his new program on the travel channel. >> he'll be traveling all over from jumpin' jay's fish cafe to the famous katz's deli right here in new york city. welcome. >> thank you for having me. >> i'm thinking you got a great job. you're my type of guy, where you get to travel around and taste all sorts of wonderful food. you have a formula. i'm thinking it's the bite theory. b stands for? >> bread. i is interior. t is taste and e is eating
experience. the reason it's "adam richman's best sandwich in america," it's not that i must have my name on my projects but simply put, this is my personal preferences and this is what makes a sandwich i love. we figure the b.i.t.e. scale would be a catch-all. bread, crunchy, chewy, complement that inside the sandwich, indicative of the region. >> i love focaccia. >> excellent bread. interior, content of proteins to vegetables, the variety, influence, textures. taste is sort of the whole guess tault of the whole family. eating experience is everything from the decor, environment, the people who serve it and the brass tacks, does it fall apart, get soggy, a place to sit if it is a fall-apart sandwich. >> this has been a great trip to you. you get to go to everywhere, chiple hill, portland, oregon. >> that's correct. i got a chance to be in maryland
for crabcakes, north carolina for the chicken cheddar biscuit you just saw at time-out chicken. >> one of the best, adam s portland, oregon. i just like the saying big-ass sandwiches. >> pretty -- >> i want to go there just because. in st. louis, heart-stopping blt. >> it's definitely one that my cardiologist perked up about. he was like, well, i understand you've eaten something called a heart-stopping blt. >> do you know if it's good at first bite? >> yes. essentially of the 30 initial sandwiches on the show, i've picked 20. three sandwiches per region. ten regions, three sandwiches per region. two are my picks from my travels and one is a brand new sandwich picked by a celebrity. so in the south we had will hogue, bobby play, anthony bother dane, and sports world,
kevin poll lack, we mixed it up. >> how do you do this job and keep your weight in economic? i was raised in a house, clean your plate. >> there were older relatives that thought there was a correlation between food finished on the plate in brooklyn had ramifications on hunger in china. i don't get that. international studies, like if i eat a tater tot here -- but i was a single child. i found that women like a guy that can see his feet, so i'll continue to go with that. >> you're right about that. when charlie said first bite, do you just take a couple bites and you're done? >> it depends upon the sandwich, quite frankly. some i know i'll come back to or if i know that it's sort of been sandwiched with decadent eating. in tampa, florida, there's a restaurant called burns steakhouse which is not so much a restaurant as a formidable experience. a true dining -- the largest wine cellar in the world.
i knew if i was going to burns and i take my crew out to say thank you for their hard work periodically, i knew the burns dessert room was on the horizon, i only had a few bites. in chicago at all-italian beef, i took a whole one. it was extraordinary. >> to other countries appreciate sandwiches as much as we do? >> quite a bit. i think one thing that drew me to doing this concept because every culture has an analog for a sandwich, falafal, gyro, the peta and yogurt. what i loved about it, the santd wish defies social strata. the richest to poorest person has had a sandwich, can appreciate the value of a >> and they say anybody can make a sandwich. >> that's true. >> i think there's a lot of ways to make a bad sandwich. you went to yale, master's at yale in fine art. >> that's correct. >> how do you go from yale fine
arts to what you do? >> i'm sure many a guidance counselor is asking the same question. >> or your parents are asking it. >> well, mom got the sticker for her windshield and the yale mom mug. >> you can continue but let's bring out sandwiches. >> i love this show. new favorite morning show. oh, that is tremendous! one of the biggest -- i don't want to say failings because as an executive producer -- >> but it has carrots on it. >> is that a drawback for you? >> for me it is. >> a vietnamese sandwich. it's actually from smith's and bergen street in brooklyn. my favorite bon-mi. >> what does that mean? >> i don't know the translation. i wouldn't want to hazard a guess. it is the most ubiquitous vietnamese sandwich, daichon, ham -- oh, my gosh, i'm going to wait until i speak and then i'm going to -- >> what happened to the fine arts part of your life?
>> i think, you know, all the camera, breath support, things i learned at yale, really do have ramifications, i think, in hosting -- understanding the structure of a half-hour show, doing 11 to 12 pages of voiceover. i still miss walking the boards, the standby kind of struck a chord. but ironically enough, it was doing regional theater around the united states. i started a food journal when i was at emory university in '95 -- >> bom-mi on you today, in your honor. thank you adam richman. you can see "adam's best sandwich in america" on wednesdays on the travel channel. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] it would be easy for u.s. olympian meb keflezighi
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